All m’ bags’r packed, I’m ready t’go…

My bags are packed…no not yet, but almost.
I’m packing all my sommer clothes and three tubes of toothpaste, because I use a particular kind. My tennis gear and all my art gear, my computer and some back up. And many shoes. Just because I love shoes.
I’m also packing Hartman, but truth be told, it’s the other way around. He’s tagging me along…joyfully of course!
Our daughter will babysit Tokala and Aiyani, she will water the garden, she will clean the house, cook her own food, pay the bills. She will not touch our car and she will never have parties. For the next three months.
We’re exchanging our Peugeot for ..I don’t know, maybe a Ford or maybe a Mustang…convertible would be nice?


I’m also packing my strong will and self discipline. I’ll need it where we’re going. The food is too easy available everywhere and anywhere and at all hours.


We’re leaving in two days and in 10 days, I’ll be up and running and computing, posting and commenting from my laptop for the next three months from “You know where”. I’m VERY excited!!

See y’all in 10 days!

Both sketches done in pen and colored pencils in moleskine.



Laureline said…
Wow!! What a great surprise! I’m sorry I’ll miss you in Paris, though–I’ll be back in November, too, so maybe then we can meet. Have a wonderful, wonderful time—will you blog while there?
July 29, 2007 8:30 PM  
Lin said…
July 30, 2007 1:08 AM  
mARTa said…
ok, so where are you going? and am I going to miss you in October? oh, how tragic! Do tell, fill us in!
July 30, 2007 2:12 AM  
Anita said…
Oh God, now I’m starving!!!
Safe trip Ronell! 🙂
July 30, 2007 3:04 AM  
Emma Pod said…
Have a safe trip….to where??? With the Taurus, Mustang and McDonalds it has to be somewhere in the U.S.
July 30, 2007 3:41 AM  
Deborah said…
I too will miss you in Paris. Sorry for that but you sound too excited! Where are you going? Do tell! Do tell!
July 30, 2007 6:52 AM  
Carole said…
Have a safe trip, Ronell. Hope you find lots of visual inspiration while you are there. Have fun!
July 30, 2007 10:20 AM  
Ujwala said…
Have a safe trip! Will look out for you in 10 days time.
July 30, 2007 11:42 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Have a fantastic trip. Great sketches. You said these were done in a Moleskine. What do you usually paint on? Can’t wait to see more of your great work from your travels.
July 30, 2007 12:07 PM  
Teri C said…
The same travel fairy must be looking over both of us as I am going to Hawaii :)I love your sketches-and look forward to wonderful ones while you are gone.Bon voyage!
July 30, 2007 5:13 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you everybody…I’ll let you know where I am once I’m there…
Deb and MArta…I might still see you…I am coming back once just to check on the house and we may cross paths!
And Andrea – I love working on Fabriano or Arches and normally I work on HP, but lately I’ve been doing more and more on CP. The moleskine I do enjoy…it is just so small!
OK speak to you all soon
July 30, 2007 5:34 PM  
Susan said…
The excitement! The suspence! THis is fun. Can’t wait to see and know. Love your stuff, ALWAYS.
July 30, 2007 6:17 PM  
Tonniece said…
Have a safe, and enjoyable trip Ronell.
July 30, 2007 8:38 PM  
Claudia said…
Hello Ronell,
I, too, wish you a nice stay and happy weeks! I’m looking forward seeing your sketches from there!
July 30, 2007 8:41 PM  
Nancy Van Blaricom said…
Well, no one told me that it was allowed that you leave us … *wink* have a great time…we will miss you when you don’t blog.
July 31, 2007 5:30 AM  
Sandy said…
beautiful paintings and heck, whereever you are going, have a great time.Is this a regular thing you do every year, I’m just wondering..sandy
July 31, 2007 6:32 AM  
Nancy said…
Have a great trip – send pictures!
August 1, 2007 6:00 AM  
Jana Bouc said…
I’m going to miss your wonderful words and pictures and am awaiting your announcement of location. If you’re anywhere near the San Francisco area, please let me know. I’d love to get together with you!
August 1, 2007 7:07 AM  
juj said…
I responded to your email but forgot to come see your actual post about the trip. I have to say I’m loving the juxtaposition of those croissants to the McDonald’s – what an apt comparison. And both are so beautifully rendered. Of course, I have to say, my preference too would be those flaky rolls – hopefully you packed a few to ease your transition!
August 1, 2007 5:12 PM  
Lindsay said…
Have a great visit!!! My blog is sleeping too. So I won’t be able to catch your posts. See you when we get back!!
Good luck with your will power. Just remember how yucky Micky Dees REALLY is…no matter how they try to suck us in!!!
August 4, 2007 4:57 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
Oh no – you’re already gone! How am I going to stand normal life around here when vacations are over? At least I’m looking forward to following your adventures here on your blog!
August 5, 2007 6:11 PM  
Sandy said…
Waving hi…hoping that the area you went to welcomed you with great weather, low humidity and beautiful skies so you can be inspired to paint. Just sending you “thinking of you” thoughts.sandy
August 5, 2007 10:40 PM  
laserone said…
Wow, everybody seems to be going on vacation right about now! I hope yo have a wonderful time. These drawings are wonderful (and making me hungry). 🙂
August 7, 2007 8:33 AM  
Pequete said…
I wish you great holidays. We’ll miss you, but can’t wait to see all the sketches/paintings from the holidays.
August 8, 2007 3:47 PM  
martín // dibujando arte said…
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August 17, 2007 6:28 PM  
martín // dibujando arte said…
Ronell, Casey told us it’s your birthday today, so I wish you ALL the best. Hope you’re having a great vacation and drawing as much as you like to do, in a few words ENJOYING YOURSELF!
A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY kiss, Martín.
August 17, 2007 6:30 PM  
Carole said…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONELL!Hope you’re having a lovely time.